Director of the Delaware Social Studies Education Project

Francis O'Malley

Francis O'Malley, Ed.D., is the Director of the Delaware Social Studies Education Project (DSSEP) and a Curriculum Specialist with the Democracy Project.

Dr. O'Malley possesses over twenty years of experience as a teacher, department chair and coordinator for social studies programs in secondary schools. His research and professional interests include civic education, social studies education, professional development for teachers, teacher preparation and K-12 education. Previously, he served as the Chairperson of the Social Studies Assessment Committee for the Delaware State Testing Program, as an adjunct professor at Wilmington College and as the Social Studies Department Chair at Padua Academy.

A James Madison Fellow, Dr. O'Malley has received several awards and recognitions, including the Delaware State Teacher of the Year Award, the We the People/Lewis Huffman Civics Education Award for the State of Delaware, and, most recently, the Award of Honor from the Middle States Council for the Social Studies. He is the author of many publications on teacher training and teaching Social Studies curriculum, and also currently serves as the Project Director on two Teaching American History grants and as the Executive Secretary of the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.

Dr. O'Malley earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, where he had previously received his Master of Instruction in constitutional studies, and he earned his B.S. in secondary social studies education from St. Joseph's University.